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Old 11-06-2006
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Jet dry

If I use Jet dry in my water bucket to wash my truck, would I have to dry the truck? Or would it leave water spots if I dont dry the truck?
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Do you mean Jet Dry as in the stuff you put in your dishwasher? I dont knwo for a fact but I definitly would not suggest it or try it myself... but who knows it might work ?????
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only one way to find out
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That's gonna be a lot of Jet Dry, don't they only come in those little bottles? This is interesting, let us know how it turns out.
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Be warned, if you use any type of "dish-detergent" type cleaner, be prepared to re-apply any wax you had on there. It will remove all wax that you might of had.

Using dish detergent is actually a detailers step in a multi-step process of detailing a car.

Step 1 - Wash car with dish detergent. I use Dawn.
Step 2 - Use clay bar to remove all the crap you can't normally remove.
Step 3 - Wash with normal car wash stuff.
Step 4 - Dry.
Step 5 - Apply whatever flavor of wax/polish of your chosing.

Steps 1 and 2 only need to be done once a year. Never do Steps 1 and/or 2, unless your immediately indending to complete the remaining steps.
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good point.
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Be warned, if you use any type of "dish-detergent" type cleaner, be prepared to re-apply any wax you had on there. It will remove all wax that you might of had.

Using dish detergent is actually a detailers step in a multi-step process of detailing a car.

Step 1 - Wash car with dish detergent. I use Dawn.
Step 2 - Use clay bar to remove all the crap you can't normally remove.
Step 3 - Wash with normal car wash stuff.
Step 4 - Dry.
Step 5 - Apply whatever flavor of wax/polish of your chosing.

Steps 1 and 2 only need to be done once a year. Never do Steps 1 and/or 2, unless your immediately indending to complete the remaining steps.
What are the benefits of using dish detergent?
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I use to use Joy Dish soap all the time and It didn't remove the wax. I used to wash it at least once a week and my wax would last at least 3 months.
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What are the benefits of using dish detergent?
Your truck will be clean enough to eat off of...
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I use dish detergent all the time. I still need to wax my truck.......I spent 15 hours making the paint look new again, and cant make time to wax it.......how sad. lol I now understand even though it has clearcoat on it, over the years out in the sun it will oxidize too, just not as quick as a single stage paint like enamel will.
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Sorry to burst the bubble, but the Jet dry wont work that way. What causes water spots is dust and mineral deposits in the water itself. (Ever wonder why water spots can be so hard to get rid of?) If you're looking for the Mr. Clean spotless rinse effect, get a Mr. Clean kit. It has filters that remove the dirt, minerals and other crap that cause water spots, and that is the only way to prevent them without dryin the car by hand.
Personally I would rather dry it by hand, that way I can get a good look at the finish and keep tabs on the new scratches and dings that show up every week.
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Sorry to burst the bubble, but the Jet dry wont work that way. What causes water spots is dust and mineral deposits in the water itself. (Ever wonder why water spots can be so hard to get rid of?) If you're looking for the Mr. Clean spotless rinse effect, get a Mr. Clean kit. It has filters that remove the dirt, minerals and other crap that cause water spots, and that is the only way to prevent them without dryin the car by hand.
Personally I would rather dry it by hand, that way I can get a good look at the finish and keep tabs on the new scratches and dings that show up every week.
tell me about water spots....they are a b i t c h
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you guys and dish soap thats just no .....
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here is straight from meguiars why dish soap is bad...

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Dawn is somewhat famous for it's strong detergent cleaning action enabling it to remove grease from dishes and pans. The idea being if it will remove grease, food and things like cooking oils from your dishes, it will be strong enough to do a stellar job of cleaning your paint before you begin a detailing session.

There is also a certain camp of people that recommend with a zeal, the use of Dawn to wash your car before the application of some paint protectants to insure some company's polymers will be able to bond to the finish.

The problem with using strong detergents to wash your car is that not only do high alkaline, strong detergent soaps like Dawn dull your car's paint and strip off wax/polymer protectants, it also dries out all of the non-paint components such as vinyl, rubber and plastic.

Meguiar’s car washes clean effectively, and more importantly, safely, so you don't have to resort to antiquated and harsh methods of cleaning your car, truck or s.u.v.

i have detailed cars for years you DO NOT EVER need to use dish soap on a car if you want to "clean" the paint before waxing you use a CLAY BAR!!!! it removes built up wax, sap from tree's, road grime, tar....list goes on.. always use a PAINT SAFE soap like mequairs or eagle 1 or mothers list goes on...
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I dont use dawn or what ever to clean the paint, I just use it cause its what we got.lol We ran out of car soap or whatever and havent got anymore yet.
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I use Turtle Wax Zip Wax/Wash it has carnuba in the soap and it suds up really good .... works awesome for me
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Murphy's Oil Soap

I've used Murphy's Oil Soap on my cars for years. It works wonders, makes it shine, smells great, can be used inside the car and I think it help rinse rain away on rainy days.

I can't prove the last part but I'd swear it does.

Here's the catch, I've also used Murphy's to remove latex paint from carpet and in one instance I soaked some bathroom door hinges in it over night to remove years of built up paint.... come morning, it had disolved the paint enough to easily brush it off and also ate right threw the brass and down to the nickle finish. Which I ended up liking very much.

But I guess it's very powerful stuff, I never leave it on my truck long.
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I haven't used soap of any kind for years, just cold water straight from the hose. My wax jobs generally last about 6 months or more. IMO soap justs takes off the wax. My Ranger has never seen soap or a car wash as long as I have had it. Paint is perfect. (it's an 01)
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I dont bother with Soap or water... I use the DWG Waterless car wash... So far it has worked WONDERFUL, no scratchs, and I don't have to worry about what soap, drying it off, or any kinds of spots from minerals, plus when I am all done, it left a layer of wax on there for me too. Saves time, and have no complaints... So I keep using it.

Not trying to start a fight here.. Just what I use and it works great for me. Heck no water means no door locks or door seals freezing in the winter time.
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Waterless car wash?? Never heard of it. Sounds like the Rogers "unplugged" high speed internet for laptops, that you just need a power outlet for. Plug in the "unplugged" unit.......LOL

Just a word to the wise, leave the dish soap for your dishes and use automotive soap for your vehicles.

If you want to get lazy, you can always use the Mr.Clean set-up.......I've used it for a few months now and I love it. No more hand drying the Ranger. It does an amazing job too. No streaks EVER!!
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I dont bother with Soap or water... I use the DWG Waterless car wash...
I saw a guy that had a business of washing cars. He used all that waterless car wash stuff and drove up to cars in parking lots and washed them right there. It was really neat. He did a great job but I never was able to find out what he used.

Where do you get this waterless car wash stuff at? How long will a bottle last?
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Those Mr. Clean AutoDry deals are pretty sweet. I got the one with the case and it come with a mit and tire brush, soap. and that things take a crap load of work out of washing it.
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I saw a guy that had a business of washing cars. He used all that waterless car wash stuff and drove up to cars in parking lots and washed them right there. It was really neat. He did a great job but I never was able to find out what he used.

Where do you get this waterless car wash stuff at? How long will a bottle last?
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I use the best wax in the world. It's called Collinite #885 Paste Fleetwax that is for Planes and boats. It will last all winter and look like glass.

http://www.thebestwax.com/boatwax.htm
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Sending you a PM

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Great! I'll be watchin for the PM!!! Thanks
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